Hillary Rodham Clinton: July 2007 Archives

WASHINGTON--White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) touts ethics in a new Iowa spot for this leadoff presidential vote state. The opening scene in the ad is of his announcement speech last February in Springfield. Obama in the spot said he is "extremely proud" that his campaign has refused money from political action committees and federal lobbyists. Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) also has bragging rights--he only took $20 from PACs.

Obama did take money from PACs and lobbyists for his state senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate campaigns. "He is leading by example," a narrator in the ad said.Obama embraced the self-imposed ban on PAC and lobbyist money only when he opened his presidential campaign fund in February.

A PAC fact: PACs tend not to be major players in presidential campaign primaries.

Of the $265 million raised by the entire field of 2008 candidates (not counting transfers in and candidate contributions) only $2,215,061 of that came from PACs.

How much did Obama "sacrifice" by not taking PAC money. Let's look at the leading PAC receipient, who turns out to be chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) In the first half of the year, she collected $532,046 from PACS, according to an analysis by the Federal Election Commission, followed by Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Ct.) at $458,194; Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) who received $393,812; GOP former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney collected $222,900; former GOP New York city Mayor Rudy Giuliani took in $219,158; New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, $126,800; Sen. Joe Biden,(D-Del.); $65,200; Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Ks.) $40,635; Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), $1,400.

To view the ad, click: http://www.barackobama.com/takeitback.html

for the script and Obama release, click below...

WASHINGTON -- Until last week, White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) lived a charmed political life, never the subject during his campaigns for state Senate, U.S. House and U.S. Senate of a major negative hit, so he never had to punch back.

WASHINGTON-Speaking on Fox News Sunday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich predicted a Clinton-Obama Democratic ticket.

WASHINGTON-- Since Monday's Democratic debate, White House hopeful Barack Obama has been explaining his position on meeting with leaders of rogue nations. With preconditions? He said none at the debate. The next day he said-as did his spokesmen--of course they would do diplomatic spadework. But the Sunday before the debate he said he would meet with Hugo Chavez--with certain conditions. Rival Hillary Rodham Clinton hit Obama as "naive" over this, triggering Obama to move aggresively and say (not by name) Clinton was "Bush Cheney lite." On Saturday, in Iowa, AP's Mike Glover is reporting Obama said, "I was called irresponsible and naive because I believe that there is nobody we can't talk to," said Obama, drawing loud cheers. "We've got nothing to fear as long as know who we are and what we stand for and our values."

Actually, that position is pretty much the same as Clinton's. Clinton backer former Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack held a conference call with reporters a short time ago to make a few points. He said Obama is distorting Clinton's record on her approach to diplomacy and he is disappointed with with "negative politics."

Transcript of Vilsack's comments below. And response to the Vilsack call from the Obama campaign.

WASHINGTON--Clinton campaign manager Patti Solis Doyle sent out a fund-raising appeal on Friday afternoon to see if they can make some money off heated exchanges this week between Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.

"Last week, one of the leading Republican candidates equated Hillary with Karl Marx. Yesterday, one of the leading Democratic candidates called her "Bush-Cheney lite," Doyle wrote, in a reference to Obama.

Note how the campaign is not going to get Obama claim ownership of the word change: Again, from the Doyle letter,
Hillary needs your support most now that the attacks have started in earnest. You and I and Hillary are all ready for change."

for the entire letter, click below..

WASHINGTON—Democratic White House hopefuls Hillary Rodham Clinton and John Edwards will be fund-raising in Chicago on Aug. 7, when they will be in the city for a presidential forum sponsored by the AFL-CIO.

WASHINGTON—I’ve been musing over the argument made by White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) that his unique multicultural background gives him the best grounding of all the 2008 candidates to be president when it comes to foreign policy. But is this actual experience? Depends on what you mean by experience.

On Tuesday, Obama said Washington experience is “illusory" and on Wednesday continued to try to tie Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) to the Bush-Cheney administration.
UPDATE “Well, this is getting kind of silly," Clinton told CNN's John King. " I’ve been called a lot of things in my life but I’ve never been called George Bush or Dick Cheney certainly. We have to ask what’s ever happened to the politics of hope.''

Thursday morning I asked Obama about his multicultural background and his chief rivals and he said, “And what’s been interesting about this debate over diplomacy is, I really think that it is a debate over the same conventional thinking that led people to authorize the war in Iraq without asking questions versus a, an approach to foreign policy that asks questions and is informed by a knowledge and perspective of cultures like those in Iraq and is not trapped by a lot of received wisdom.''

For Clinton, the experience question is answered by her deep detailed knowledge of process, players and politics from years in the White House as First Lady and six plus years in the Senate.

WASHINGTON--One of the biggest issues for White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is to convince voters that he has the experience to be president. He turns 46 on Aug. 4 and has been in the Senate since January, 2005. And on Tuesday night he said his foreign policy judgement was better than anyone else running for president.

At an off-the-record session sponsored by Time-Warner in New York on Tuesday, Obama said, "Look, one thing I'm very confident about is my judgment in foreign policy is, I believe, better than any other candidate in this race, Republican or Democrat.''

(that quote and those below about the Tuesday Time-Warner event came from the Obama campaign late Wednesday night)
Obama also said, "And I don't base that simply on the fact that I was right on the war in Iraq. But if you look at how I approached the problem. What I was drawing on was a set of experiences that come from a life of living overseas, having family overseas, being able to see the world through the eyes of people outside our borders."

And this, "The notion that somehow from Washington you get this vast foreign policy experience is illusory."

WASHINGTON -- In fallout following a Democratic presidential debate, White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton accused rival Sen. Barack Obama of being "naive," as tensions between the camps increased Tuesday because Obama said he would be willing to talk without precondition to leaders of rogue nations.

WASHINGTON—Monday’s Democratic presidential debate fuses mainstream news media (MSM) with new media and has the potential of plowing new ground in the 2008 primary.

The hybrid CNN/YouTube debate will use questions submitted on YouTube—since 2006, a growing influence on U.S. politics--while being moderated by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. CNN is picking the questions from the 2,300 or so video submissions (UPDATE CNN is now using 3,000 number) so the event is not a totally user-generated debate. But that’s okay, because if it were entirely that, the candidates just face a kind of automated town hall. Cooper will control follow-up questions with the eight Democratic contenders and see that the pot is stirred. UPDATE: Some videos will be directed to a specific candidate, Cooper just said.

WASHINGTON -- It's by design, not coincidence, that the four front-running Democrats in the race for the White House will be standing together at the debate Monday night in Charleston, S.C., with the other four rivals at the ends, where they will get the least camera time. And not all the candidates are happy about this arrangement.

WASHINGTON—"There was cleavage on display Wednesday afternoon on C-SPAN2. It belonged to Sen. Hillary Clinton.,’’ so starts a Washington Post story about White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) running on the front page of the Friday Style section by Pulitzer Prize winning fashion writer Robin Givhan.

“There wasn't an unseemly amount of cleavage showing, but there it was. Undeniable," Givhan wrote. She said it was “startling” to see that small acknowledgement of sexuality and feminity peeking out of the conservative—aesthetically speaking-environment of Congress.’’

The existence of this story has already started some buzzing on a feminist listserve I am on about whether this sets back the cause of women. Don't worry. Others things may. This won't. But it's not news that Clinton shows a bit of chest. And I've got the photo to prove it.

Everyone, cool down.

WASHINGTON--White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) snared the endorsement of Chicago LaSalle Street chieftain and city civic leader Terry Duffy--a Bush appointee, whose backing, her campaign hopes, demonstrates her appeal across the aisle.


for Clinton release on Duffy, click below


WASHINGTON -- Let's see, what does it mean when Oprah Winfrey hosts a glitzy fund-raiser for her Chicago pal, White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), at her stunning California mansion?

"I know this is going to be the hottest ticket in town," said Yolanda Parker, a Los Angeles area supporter on Obama's national finance committee.

for details click below............

WASHINGTON--The AFL-CIO is still on the fence whether to make an endorsement in the 2008 presidential primary. To help, seven Democratic White House hopefuls will pitch labor on Aug. 7 in Chicago in a forum moderated by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

And it looks like former Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Ak.) may be loosing his one lifeline to his longshot, shoestring campaign--getting in on the debates and forums. The "confirmed candidate" list does not include him. Last week former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) were heard talking on an open mic at a forum in Detroit about making the debates more "serious."

The forum will be broadcast on MSNBC and XM Satillete Radio.

WASHINGTON—Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) outspent chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) on polling and research by almost three to one during the last three months, according to the latest financial disclosure reports filed on Sunday. But the polling costs may be more even because Clinton owes her pollsters money.

WASHINGTON—In a video sequel is as good as the original, the “Obama girl” with the crush on the Illinois presidential candidate tackles the “Giuliani girl.”

Steamy and saucy, this video —scooped by Rachel Sklar, who runs the Eat the Press department over at Huffington Post—even gives a cameo to a “Kucinich Girl."

click for videos and links...


WASHINGTON -- The latest fund-raising reports show that dueling Democratic White House hopefuls Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (N.Y.) have staggering amounts of primary cash on hand -- more than $30 million each, dwarfing rivals from both parties.

WASHINGTON--The second quarter campaign finance reports are due by midnight Sunday for all federal (president, House, Senate) candidates. The numbers will show that the presidential campaign of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) beat the entire 2008 field--Democrat and Republican--in fund-raising for April, May and June.

White House hopeful Bill Richardson, the New Mexico governor already filed--and touted some of his celeb donors--some who have given to other Democrats, including Hollywood mogul Steve Spielberg, who has endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). It's not uncommon for party loyalists to give to several candidates.

for the Richardson celeb list, click below...

WASHINGTON -- Five Democratic presidential candidates will hit Chicago today to pay their respects to trial lawyers, influential beyond their numbers because they are among the party's most reliable and biggest donors.

The candidates will speak at the annual convention of the American Association for Justice, known until last December as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.

Trial lawyers -- who handle civil cases such as medical malpractice, personal injury and product liability -- are at the top of the enemies list of Republicans, the Bush White House and various precincts in corporate America, who have been pressing state and national lawmakers for years to approve proposals to place curbs on lawsuits and caps on awards.

WASHINGTON--White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) told NBC's David Gregory on Wednesday morning the "media is obsessed with the Clintons."

The interview came at the top of the "Today Show."

It was taped Tuesday night at a Washington restaurant--the District Chophouse--before Obama dined with four low-dollar donors, part of the army of more than 250,000 Obama contributors. They were picked by the campaign for the prime face-time usually reserved for big donors or bundlers (people who use their networks to raise money for a candidate and get "credit" for the checks) and flown to Washington and put up courtesy of the campaign.

During the Gregory interview, Obama--whose presidential candidacy was made possible because of massive media coverage--sat flanked by the low-dollar donors.

Said Obama, "You know, I know that the media is obsessed with the Clintons because they've been such a significant part of the political landscape for a long time. But I'm not running simply against the Clintons. I'm running against a politics here in Washington that has been continually obsessed with who's up, who's down, whose polls are where, who's in power and who's not."

WASHINGTON--White House hopeful Barack Obama does not have a lock on the primary in his home state, according to a new American Research Group Illinois poll. The ARG poll--600 telephone interviews of likely Democratic voters and 509 people who said they were Democrats and 91 who said they were Independents--was taken between July 6-9. That period includes all the upbeat publicity Obama gained in the Illinois press coming in first in the money primary. In Illinois, a voter declares a party preference on primary day. Margin of error plus or minus 4 points.

Overall, It's 37 percent for Obama and 33 percent for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.). In a breakdown, it's 39 percent of Democrats for Obama and 34 percent for Clinton. Among Independents, it is an even split--26 percent each. The gender gap persists in Illinois: Obama leads Clinton 41 percent to 24 percent among men, while Clinton leads Obama 40 percent to 33 percent among women.

ARG polled Illinois in January; in this July edition former Sen. John Edwards (D- N.C.) doubled his support from five to ten percent.

On the GOP side in Illinois, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani leads at 30 percent in Illinois to 21 percent for former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), who is poised to jump in the Republican primary. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is at 12 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is at 11 percent.

For the poll highlights, click below...

WASHINGTON--Mark Penn, the pollster/chief strategist for White House hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) sent around a memo moments ago suggesting she is on track to win the nomination and the presidency. Even if the conclusions are overly optimistic, the memo is a useful summary of the state of play from the Clinton perspective and contains links to 2008 polls.

for the memo, click below....

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Between stump stops with his family at July 4 festivities, capped off by watching the Iowa Cubs play here, White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) was asked about former President Bill Clinton's remark that "yesterday was pretty good."

That comment was designed to bolster Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) while serving to obliquely question Obama's relentless call for change.

MT. PLEASANT, Iowa -- From the wood flatbed of a 1978 Ford pickup to a grammar school playground to a garden party where he gulped a gnat by accident, White House hopeful Barack Obama on Tuesday meeted and greeted supporters in this crucial presidential primary state.

"Don't worry, I am going to survive this," said Obama after the bug flew into his mouth and he had to clear his throat.

KEOKUK, IOWA—“Renagade” strides in the playground of a grade school here, long sleeves of a dress blue—not the usual white--shirt rolled up on this humid day. No fireworks at this event.

Renagade—that’s the Secret Service code name for Barack Obama. And courtesy of the Barack Obama for president campaign, grilled corn in the husks, watermelon, pops, lemonade and cold water are on hand for the few hundred gathered in the shade.

HEADING EAST FROM DES MOINES--Obama tripmaster Liz Reiter just called roll on the bus and there were 21 names of reporters. The bus left a little after 8 a.m. from the Obama Iowa campaign headquarters near the state capitol. It's a large cave of a building with a drawing based of the famed"American Gothic" couple holding a pitchfork and an Obama for president sign in the lobby. Obama's signage also includes his name on stalks of corn. In most years Iowa is a leading corn producing state (as is Illinois) in the nation.

The southeast and central Iowa swing is to counties where Democratic White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has yet to visit. Obama Iowa communications director Josh Earnest, Iowa press lead Peter Weeks and Iowa press secretary Tommy Vietor are on the bus.


DES MOINES—On the Obama campaign bus, heading towards Keokuk, on the Illinois border on the southeast part of the state. It’s the July 4 holiday and Iowa, the state with the first presidential vote is full of candidates. This is the 13th Obama trip to Iowa since he declared for president in February.

The Bill and Hill Iowa roadshow is competing against a roadtrip Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) is making with his wife and family.

WASHINGTON--Issued along with second quarter fund-raising numbers--the stunning $31 million raised for Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) collected for his primary bid--campaign manager David Plouffe wrote a memo where he covers:
*the impact of the 2008 front-loaded primary season
*the grassroots mission
*and a historical analysis of why national polls mean nothing when analyzing the state-of-play of a presidential primary campaign.

Writes Plouffe, "One of our opponents is also the quasi-incumbent in the race, who in our belief will and should lead just about every national poll from now until the Iowa caucuses. Expect nothing different and attach no significance to it. It is clear you did not in this past quarter and we would encourage everyone to keep our sights focused on doing well in the early primaries and caucuses, and then using our organizational advantage nationally to clinch the nomination in February.'


for the entire memo, click below

WASHINGTON -- White House hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) beat chief rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) in second-quarter fund-raising, hauling in about $32.5 million with $31 million available for the primary.

"We are on a financial course that will allow us to both fully fund efforts in the early primary and caucus states, and also participate vigorously in all the February 5 contests, including large states like California, New Jersey, New York, Georgia and Missouri," Obama campaign manager David Plouffe said in a memo released Sunday.

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